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Side elevation of a large vintage car in dark green with a black leather convertible roof, chromed lamps and spoked wheels. Side elevation of a large vintage car in dark green with a black leather convertible roof, chromed lamps and spoked wheels.

© Ian M Spooner

© Ian M Spooner

Sheffield Simplex Cars

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

Arguably the most famous car ever made in the city, the Sheffield Simplex was hailed by The Times in 1913 as the ‘highest point to which motor design has yet attained’. Today, only three examples remain – you can see two of them at the museum.

 

The car was the idea of Earl Fitzwilliam, who thought Sheffield could produce the finest car in the world. You’ll see an early Simplex from 1910 alongside a 1920 prototype in the Upper Transport Gallery.

The Simplex cars will be out on tour this summer – see them at the following events:

Fri 1, Sat 2, Sun 3 Sep – Chatsworth Country Fair

Free Entry | Please Donate

Opening Times

Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sun 23 Jun due to a leak on the condensation pipe. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it in action, our Historic Engineering team are working on the problem and we’ll have it back in steam as soon as possible.

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for events on Sat 15, Sat 22 & Sat 29 Jun.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street

Sheffield

S3 8RY

Side elevation of a large vintage car in dark green with a black leather convertible roof, chromed lamps and spoked wheels.

1920 Simplex

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